Harissa-Spiced Chicken


Pair harissa with smoked paprika and chili powder to add kick to baked chicken thighs for this one-pan chicken recipe.

Harissa-Spiced Chicken
Photo: Justin Coit
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon harissa seasoning or harissa paste

  • 1 large lemon (1 Tbsp. zest, 2 Tbsp. juice)

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (2 1/2 to 3 lb.)

  • 2 large garlic bulbs, halved horizontally

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; set aside.

  2. Line a 15×10-inch baking pan with foil.

  3. In a bowl stir together olive oil, harissa, lemon juice, honey, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, and half the minced garlic.

  4. Place chicken, skin sides up, and garlic bulbs in prepared pan; spoon harissa mixture over all. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Chill, covered, 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  5. Bake 35 minutes or until done (175°F). Squeeze roasted garlic bulbs to release cloves into a bowl. Turn oven to broil; broil chicken 5 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes or until skin browns. Top chicken with lemon zest, remaining minced garlic, and the parsley. Serve with roasted garlic cloves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

513 Calories
39g Fat
6g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 513
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 184mg 61%
Sodium 346mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 7.9mg 40%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1.9mg 11%
Potassium 355mg 8%
Folate, total 8.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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